If you run the MacOS virtual machine after creating a new virtual machine for the MacOS High Sierra installation on Oracle VM VirtualBox, if you encounter the (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) error during the installation phase, you must configure the settings of the virtual machine properly.
How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra on VirtualBox?

How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra on VirtualBox?

For MacOS High Sierra installation with Oracle VM VirtualBox, configure the virtual machine settings as follows.

  • Remove Floppy in boot order.
  • In Extended Features, enable Enable I/O APIC, Enable EFI, and Hardware Clock in UTC Time.
  • Assign a 4 GB RAM value to the MacOS virtual machine.
  • In the Processor section, enable Enable PAE/NX.
  • In the Acceleration section, enable Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging.
  • Also, add 2 Processors for the MacOS virtual machine. (for the load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd error)

For MacOS High Sierra 10.13.4 installation on VirtualBox, configure the settings of the virtual machine as above. Next, add the MacOS ISO file to the virtual machine and run the virtual machine.

When you add 1 processor to the MacOS virtual machine, you will get the load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd error. Therefore, you need to add 2 processors.

How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra Virtual Machine?

If the MacOS installation does not start on VirtualBox and you encounter the load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd error, you can resolve this error by following the steps below.

   Step 1

The error in the MacOS installation is as follows. To resolve this error, close the virtual machine and open the settings of the MacOS virtual machine.

How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra on VirtualBox?

   Step 2

In the MacOS High Sierra settings window, click System then Processor. Set the number of processors of the MacOS virtual machine to 2 and click the OK button to close the window.

How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra on VirtualBox?

   Step 3

When you run the MacOS High Sierra virtual machine again, the installation will start as follows!

How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra on VirtualBox?

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How to Fix (load_init_program: attempting to load /sbin/launchd) in MacOS High Sierra on VirtualBox? – In this article, we have fixed a critical error that occurred during the MacOS installation with VirtualBox. Thanks for following us!

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